I am currently suffering badly with allergies, hay fever to be precise. Have taken an antihistamine, hasn’t made a dent, sneezing flat out, nose running like a hose, eyes watering so bad I can barely see. As a kid, I wasn’t allergic to anything, in the last 10 years I’ve developed an allergy to cats and now hayfever. Why now? Don’t people usually grow out of allergies, not into them? Can anyone help with any hints or tips on how to reduce the symptoms?

Posted by mom81879, 24th November 2015

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  • Allergies can get you at any age – your GP or chemist can help with the symptoms and managing allergies.


  • You know what? I always had cats in my life, since I was a child. Suddenly at 26 years of age, after living 11 years (no joke! 11 years!!) with the same cat, I developed an allergy to cats! Poor Charlie! He was used to sleep on my bed and he just couldn’t anymore. I couldn’t touch him, or I was having terrible side effects. Poor one. Maybe he thought he did something wrong, because suddenly our relation changed.
    I haven’t touched any cats for a long time. Then suddenly some years ago I tried again. It looked fine. Then another time I was playing with my neighbour’s cat, and after half an hour or so, my eyes started to swollen. My husband wanted to bring me to Emergency. And, stupidly, I didn’t make the connection with the cat. Luckily my daughter did eventually. I took an anti-histamine and the morning after I was ok again.
    Allergies can indeed develop at any stage of your life. With cats, what I learned is that I am fine if I immediately wash my hands with soap after touching one. If I don’t and by mistake I touch my eyes… it’s disaster.


  • Sounds aweful. Have you spoken with a health professional? Has you environment changed? Dust/mould and other household contaminants can be really aggravating.


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